Throughout the day, we have a lot of thoughts going through our heads, many of them sinful. And often, they go unnoticed and wreak havoc on our attitudes and worldviews. One way to become more aware of sinful thoughts and the renewing of your mind is by keeping a thought journal.
On a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle of it to create two columns. Throughout the day, when you have a sinful or questionable thought, write it down on the left column. And then, write the corresponding godly, biblical thought on the right. Here are some examples, with the right-column thoughts in parentheses:
- Ugh. I’m dreading going in to work today. (I’m going to work to worship and serve the Lord, not men.)
- I can’t believe that lady cut me off and threw up the bird! (But by the grace of God, I’d probably be doing the same thing. Lord, would you please save her?)
- This world has gone to crap. I feel so hopeless. (This light, momentary affliction is preparing for us a weight of glory beyond comparison. Come, Lord Jesus.)
You get the idea. The benefits of doing this even for a little while are many. It can help you not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). And not only does it help you identify sin and repent of it, but it also nourishes your soul when you consider the right column.
By the way, in order for this to work correctly, you must be regularly in the word of God. Godly thoughts are biblical thoughts. And biblical thoughts can only come from a well-fed mind. So, we eat up.